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HSE's role in London 2012

HSE stated at the outset our commitment to act as an enabling and proportionate regulator for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. We have worked with the organisations responsible for building and staging the Games to ensure that consideration of health and safety is integral to the project at every stage.

Our strategy throughout has been based on early intervention to advise and seek assurance, coupled with targeted inspection of high risk activities. We have challenged and, where standards have fallen short, have taken enforcement action. We have worked closely with our local authority co-regulators, to ensure a proportionate and consistent approach to regulation.

Construction project

HSE worked closely with the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) throughout the construction project, providing advice and input to ensure that key risks were identified and appropriate control measures put in place. The'big build' – construction of the main venues, Athletes' Village and associated infrastructure - was completed in July 2011, on time, within budget and with an exemplary health and safety record.

HSE shared with the ODA an aim to ensure a strong health and safety legacy, and co-operated with them on a series of research projects to capture the good practice and lessons learned from the construction project. We believe the experience of London 2012 can be used as a catalyst to effect positive change across the construction industry, the events industry and beyond, driving up standards of health and safety.

Preparing for the Games

Since January 2012, HSE has worked alongside our local authority co-regulators with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) as they put everything in place for the staging of the Games.

Our intervention has focused on a number of areas of activity, including broadcasting, transport, logistics and construction including temporary demountable structures. We developed a series of intervention plans for these, as well as for the Torch Relay. We have focused our efforts around the core agenda of leadership, competence, roles and responsibilities, and management of contractors.

Games time

HSE did not conduct proactive inspections at Olympic venues and sites during the sporting events. However, we kept in close touch with local authority colleagues, who had the main responsibility for health and safety regulation of Games-related activity, and were able to respond to a work-related incident or emergency affecting the smooth running of the Games.